William Gallacher (1933 - 2018) was an esteemed football referee from Toronto, Canada. His career spanned several decades, and he gained a reputation for his commitment to fair play and understanding of the sport.
Starting his refereeing career in local leagues, Gallacher quickly rose through the ranks to officiate in the Canadian Soccer League (CSL). His ability to manage high-pressure games earned him respect and recognition on the international stage as well.
One of the most notable matches in his career was the 1976 Olympic Games final in Montreal, where he was chosen as the head referee. The tension was palpable, and the stakes were high, but Gallacher's professionalism shone through, delivering a fair and undisputed outcome.
Gallacher's career saw him involved in 60 international matches, including World Cup qualifiers, the Olympics, and friendlies. He brought his trademark calm and fairness to every game, irrespective of the teams involved.